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Top Customer Reviews
It is an easy read, darkly funny, edgy and complex. It is a great debut novel for a new voice, I recommend it for readers of family sagas, romance, historical novels and thrillers.
Barbara Goldie, from the Kindle Book Review
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The setting is a small town, Prospect Park, where the divisions of social class are real barriers between trash at the bottom of the hill, increasing respectability part ways up, and high society literally at the very top - though all is never what it may first appear and these generalisations cleverly mask undercurrents. Author Timothy Patrick skilfully employs homilies to explore concepts of honesty, sincerity, privilege, regret etc. and he introduces concepts of love and loyalty as well as jealousy, hate, misery, suffering etc. plus insights to domination, control, revenge etc.Read more ›
The novel is divided in three parts. In first part, called “Sisters” reader will meet identical triplet girls; two of them, Abbey and Judith, will be adopted by a rich Duchess while the third one Dorthea will remain living with her poor and troubled natural parents. Therefore she will vow to get revenge both on her sisters and the Duchess.
In second part, named “Cousins” after many years have passed and a new generation was born, Sarah and Veronica which are daughters of Abbey and Judith, together with Ernest, Dorthea’s adopted son will become pawns in her vicious plan for vengeance.
An in the final part “Enemies” Dorthea will go on what she had always felt unjustly seized, according to justice as she sees it, while wanting to eliminate all those who stand in her way…
Timothy Patrick wrote beautifully this family saga quite complex in its structure, but still easy to read, with compelling characters, interesting and believable plot. “Tea Cups & Tiger Claws” is in its core a novel about human perversity and aspiration to get rich and gain position at any cost.
Therefore, in addition to the quality of the work, this satirical novel can be recommended due to the good lesson that it brought.
There is so much in this tale that it could have easily come apart but, somehow, the theme of revenge drives the plot relentlessly like a devastating tornado through a corn field. Some aspects are unrealistic and far-fetched but this is a work of fiction and the everyday authenticity of the common people's world is strong enough that the reader is willing to suspend belief and be taken along for the ride.
The first part “Sisters” spreads its poisonous foundations like an oil spill. The middle “Cousins” ticks along like a time-bomb, plotting and calculating, spinning a web of intrigue that is perhaps difficult to relate to real life. The third and last “Enemies” takes us on a mad, unstoppable ride of reckless power games and murderous folly where the book becomes a page turner and hard to put down.
Most of the main characters are frankly revolting human beings, and even the 'good' ones are not always easy to like.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Intrigued by the title. THOROUGHLY ENJOYABLECould not put it down. Funny,
Entertaining, sad, larceny, greed, murderous
DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY AT ITS WORST
It doesn't happen often but I gave up on this novel. It just wasn't for me. The story didn't appeal and neither did the writing style.Published on 13 Jun. 2014 by Silver Reader
A very young girl is separated from her triplet sisters when a rich woman buys the other two. The one left in the poor, soulless household into which she was born is eaten up by... Read morePublished on 3 Jun. 2014 by hollandh
Easy read, unbelievable but a story you can get lost in. Too many spelling mistakes though! I think it was free so nothing to lose!Published on 12 May 2014 by Laura Norder
Good plot line from beginning to end. Characters grow with the story...
Recommend to read, slow start which sets up later storylines.
This is a captivating saga of greed, jealousy and over-weening ambition, against a backdrop of the rich folk who live on the hill and their grindingly poor neighbours who live... Read morePublished on 4 Feb. 2014 by Brett H
Tea Cups & Tiger Claws by Timothy Patrick is a well written book which covers the period from 1916 to the 1970's. Read morePublished on 2 Feb. 2014 by A. Roberton
The ups and downs of family! Phew!! I'm glad I wasn't part of this family! A really good read. Surprises all the way!!Published on 29 Jan. 2014 by Carolin Coward
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